November 17, 2020

Halden, Varjasi Named ACC Swimmers of the Week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Florida State swimmers Jenny Halden and Peter Varjasi were named the ACC Swimmers of the Week on Tuesday, following their performances against TCU this weekend.

Both Seminoles were a part of four events wins, helping their teams defeat the Horned Frogs (W 212-88; M 201.5-97.5), earning their first-career weekly honors from the conference.

“I’m so happy for Jenny and Peter,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “They both work so hard and they deserve this award. They are two awesome people that are a pleasure to be around every day.”

Halden suited up for the first time in the Garnet and Gold on Friday, where she swam the seventh fastest time in school history at 53.05 in the 100 fly, which is an NCAA B standard. Her performance is also the 10th best in the nation this season.

The Kongsberg, Norway, native also brought home a win in the 50 free (22.90) and was also a part of FSU’s 200 medley and 200 free relay winning teams.

Halden swam the third leg of the 200 free relay (1:31.52), helping the Noles achieve the top time in the nation this season.

Varjasi was victorious in both the 50 free (19.96) and 100 free (43.62), earning NCAA B standards in both events.  The sophomore from Erlangen, Germany, ranks eighth nationally in the 100 free and 14th in the 50 free.

Varjasi also anchored both the 200 medley and 200 free relays to victory, helping the Noles turn in the second fastest time in the country in the 200 free relay at 1:20.76 next to Texas A&M’s 1:20.24. The Noles are also ranked sixth in the 200 medley relay.

Next Up

The Seminoles (M 2-0, 1-0 ACC; W 1-1, 0-1 ACC) will head to Athens, Georgia to compete in the Georgia Invite from Nov. 18-20 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.

No. 8/4 Georgia will host both RV/NR Georgia Tech and No. 18/RV FSU in the three-day, prelim/final formatted meet.

“We’re just excited to get to compete in an invite,” Studd said. “Our student-athletes are really looking forward to it. We hope to have fun, and put up some good performances.”

The Meet

Prelims will start at 9 a.m. with finals following at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Finals on Friday will start at 5 p.m.  Diving events will occur at 12 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

No spectators will be allowed, however, all sessions will be streamed via the SEC Network+. Live results will also be available through the meet mobile app.

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The Last Time Out

The Seminoles defeated TCU winning 13-of-16 events, in both meets.

In addition to Varjasi and Halden’s performances, the Seminoles had key swims from sophomore Nick Vance, who turned in his personal best time in the 200 fly, finishing first with an NCAA B standard of 1:46.40, which ranks eighth in FSU history.

Vance also was victorious in the 200 back (1:46.93) and 400 IM (3:52.65).

Freshman Mason Herbet swam a personal best in the 100 back at 47.43, which was an NCAA B standard.

FSU was also dominant on the boards, sweeping 1-meter diving, led by freshman Darwin Nolasco (289.00) in first, rookie Jesco Helling (281.00) in second and junior Joshua Davidson (281.00) in third.

Davidson (323.95) and Nolasco (306.45) would later add a one-two showing on 3-meter.

Freshman Sydney Cole won the 1000 free with a time of 9:58.86, which is the 10th fastest swim in school history. Cole’s time was the first 1000 free under the 10-minute barrier in a dual meet since Madison Jacobi set the school record at 9:46.25 against Florida Atlantic on Jan. 17, 2014.

The Seminoles competed against Georgia Tech in the season opener, splitting the meet. The men edged the Yellow Jackets 152-147, while the women fell 124-176.

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